Clarissa Goenawan: Rainbirds

Review: An evocative mystery set in Japan, Rainbirds is the impressive debut novel from Clarissa Goenawan, an Indonesian-born Singaporean. Part thriller, part coming-of-age tale, Rainbirds takes the reader on a mesmerising journey of self-discovery and love in its different forms.

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Granta 111: Going Back

Review: Granta’s “Going Back” (issue 111) revolves around memories – of one’s hometown, a former home, an ex-lover or friend, an idea once closely held. Some of the works are fictional while others are autobiographical. In this issue, there are several gems that I could go back time and again to read and not get tired of. 

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Catel & Bocquet: Kiki de Montparnasse

Kiki de Montparnasse by Catel Muller and Jose-Luis Bocquet is one of the few French books that I’ve read from cover to cover. Spanning more than 400 pages, this graphic novel offers a colourful glimpse into les Années Folles (the Roaring Twenties) in Montparnasse, Paris through the life of Alice Prin. Better known as Kiki de Montparnasse, or simply Kiki, she was the muse…

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